KR20090064403A - Portable device with priority based power savings control and method thereof - Google Patents

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KR20090064403A
KR20090064403A KR1020097006578A KR20097006578A KR20090064403A KR 20090064403 A KR20090064403 A KR 20090064403A KR 1020097006578 A KR1020097006578 A KR 1020097006578A KR 20097006578 A KR20097006578 A KR 20097006578A KR 20090064403 A KR20090064403 A KR 20090064403A
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아리스 밸랏소스
밀리보제 알렉식
제임스 엘 에슬리거
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
    • H02J9/00Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting
    • H02J9/002Circuit arrangements for emergency or stand-by power supply, e.g. for emergency lighting in which a reserve is maintained in an energy source by disconnecting non-critical loads, e.g. maintaining a reserve of charge in a vehicle battery for starting an engine
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
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    • H04W52/0209Power saving arrangements in terminal devices
    • H04W52/0251Power saving arrangements in terminal devices using monitoring of local events, e.g. events related to user activity
    • H04W52/0258Power saving arrangements in terminal devices using monitoring of local events, e.g. events related to user activity controlling an operation mode according to history or models of usage information, e.g. activity schedule or time of day
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
    • H04W52/00Power management, e.g. TPC [Transmission Power Control], power saving or power classes
    • H04W52/02Power saving arrangements
    • H04W52/0209Power saving arrangements in terminal devices
    • H04W52/0261Power saving arrangements in terminal devices managing power supply demand, e.g. depending on battery level
    • H04W52/0274Power saving arrangements in terminal devices managing power supply demand, e.g. depending on battery level by switching on or off the equipment or parts thereof
    • H04W52/0277Power saving arrangements in terminal devices managing power supply demand, e.g. depending on battery level by switching on or off the equipment or parts thereof according to available power supply, e.g. switching off when a low battery condition is detected
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02DCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES [ICT], I.E. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AIMING AT THE REDUCTION OF THIR OWN ENERGY USE
    • Y02D70/00Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks
    • Y02D70/10Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks according to the Radio Access Technology [RAT]
    • Y02D70/14Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks according to the Radio Access Technology [RAT] in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] networks
    • Y02D70/142Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks according to the Radio Access Technology [RAT] in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] networks in Wireless Local Area Networks [WLAN]
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02DCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES [ICT], I.E. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AIMING AT THE REDUCTION OF THIR OWN ENERGY USE
    • Y02D70/00Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks
    • Y02D70/10Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks according to the Radio Access Technology [RAT]
    • Y02D70/14Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks according to the Radio Access Technology [RAT] in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] networks
    • Y02D70/144Techniques for reducing energy consumption in wireless communication networks according to the Radio Access Technology [RAT] in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] networks in Bluetooth and Wireless Personal Area Networks [WPAN]

Abstract

A portable device includes a controller that is responsive to a remaining power capacity of the battery, and a power consumption level of the portable device and based on user prioritized functional processing capability features, dynamically controls functional processing capability features of the device. The controller provides power for a higher priority feature at the expense of a lower priority functional processing capability feature consistent with the user prioritized functional processing capability features. A wireless portable device is also disclosed that includes a wireless signal strength determinator that determines a received signal strength of the wireless device and a controller that adjusts the functional processing capability feature of the wireless device based on the determined received signal strength and based on battery capacity information. In this way, received signal strength information is used as a further input to determine how to best adjust functional processing capability features of the device.

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PORTABLE DEVICE WITH PRIORITY BASED POWER SAVINGS CONTROL AND METHOD THEREOF

Technical Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to a device having a battery, and more particularly, to a battery powered device using a power saving management operation.

Background of the Invention

Portable devices, such as digital audio and / or video players, cell phones, cameras, camcorders, or any other suitable portable device, have limited battery capacity. In the case of a wireless cell telephone device, the device may also operate in an environment with different network signal strengths. If the battery capacity falls below a threshold, known portable devices can operate in low battery conditions, for example, to reduce power consumption by blurring the display. In addition, a low battery power mode can result in a shutdown of certain characteristics of the device in variable levels of operation. For example, when the battery level reaches a low battery threshold level, the integrated circuit is known to enter a low power state. The clock frequency for certain functional blocks or the entire integrated circuit within the integrated circuit may be brought to a low power mode. For example, this can be done by lowering the supply voltage to various internal circuits for the integrated circuit, such as application specific integrated circuits, general purpose processors, baseband processors, or any other circuit as desired and changing the clock frequency for the various circuits. It may be. Typically, however, the user is primarily interested in the amount of remaining talk time of the cell phone for the playback time of the digital audio or video playback device or at least the ability to use the portable device for emergency calls. However, in areas with low network signal strength, more units of battery capacity may be taken per unit of talk time to provide adequate communication levels. Thus, there may be insufficient battery capacity to transmit to a base station or other wireless device at a sufficiently high level so that when the wireless telephone is in a low signal strength environment, it may “power down” the functional blocks or circuits at low battery level conditions. Things may be too late.

In addition, portable devices with many different software applications and features are known, such as the ability to play games, the ability to play digital media, the ability to have a camera, camcorder functionality, email applications, voice communications capabilities, and other features. . However, each characteristic may consume different amounts of power and may have different metrics that are important for a given application or characteristic. For example, when playing a game on a portable device, the amount of time to play the game may be an important metric for the user, and for digital audio playback devices, the amount of time to listen to the song (s) It may be an important metric, and in the voice communication characteristic of the cell phone, the amount of talk time may be important, and in this mail characteristic, the number or size of emails that may be received may be important. Known devices may allow a user to set a threshold of the remaining battery capacity so that a specific power reduction operation occurs in an effort to conserve battery power when the battery capacity reaches a set minimum level. However, some users may be more interested in the available features and less interested in battery conditions.

Thus, there is a need for improved power management operations in portable devices and / or portable wireless devices.

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The present invention will be more readily understood in view of the following description when accompanied by the following drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to similar elements.

1 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a system using a wireless portable device according to one embodiment of the invention.

2 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a portable device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

3 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a method for dynamically controlling functional processing capability characteristics of a portable device according to one embodiment of the invention.

4 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a portion of a portable device according to one embodiment of the invention.

5 is a flow diagram illustrating an example of a method for dynamically controlling functional processing capability characteristics of a portable device according to one embodiment of the invention.

6 is a block diagram illustrating data used to provide a novel functional processing capability characteristic level, such as a novel quality of service level, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

7 is a table illustrating examples of quality of service settings based on priority definition according to an embodiment of the present invention.

8 is a flowchart illustrating an example of an application power level adjusting scheme according to an embodiment of the present invention.

9 is a diagram illustrating a maximum quality energy consumption curve and a maximum runtime energy consumption curve.

10 is a flow diagram illustrating an example of a method for dynamically controlling functional processing capability characteristics of a portable device according to one embodiment of the invention.

11 schematically illustrates an example of a user interface in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

12 diagrammatically illustrates an example of a user interface in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

13 diagrammatically illustrates an example of a user interface in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

14 diagrammatically illustrates an example of a user interface in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

15 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a method of controlling power consumption of a portable device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

16 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a method of controlling power consumption of a portable device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

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In summary, in one embodiment, the portable device is configured to provide power for higher priority characteristics at the expense of lower priority functional processing capability characteristics in accordance with data indicative of user prioritized functional processing capability characteristics. And a controller that dynamically controls the functional processing capability characteristics of the device. The controller dynamically controls the functional processing capabilities based on the remaining power capacity of the battery, the power consumption level of the portable device, and the user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic. As such, the user can prioritize which functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device take precedence over others, and the controller will consider battery capacity and power consumption rate, and the best priority characteristics in terms of this information. Will provide.

For example, if the user prioritizes the voice characteristic of the device, based on the user's desired need for a certain amount of talk time, the controller calculates the power consumption to be used by the voice characteristic based on the evaluation, The controller turns off these characteristics when required to meet the talk time level set by the user. In addition, controlling the characteristics may take into account, for example, received signal strength indication (RSSI), or other information, if desired. Stored control data, such as a look-up table that indicates which parametric settings can be controlled for a device, can be used to properly adjust the characteristics to provide power for higher priority characteristics at the expense of lower priority functional processing capability characteristics. It may be used to turn on and off, or to adjust the functional processing capability characteristics of the device.

In one example, a wireless portable device is also disclosed that includes a wireless signal strength determiner that determines a received signal strength of a wireless device, and a controller that adjusts the functional processing capability characteristics of the wireless device based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information. do. Typically, the received signal strength is a quality metric for a communication "channel." However, as used herein, a "voice-aware channel" having a variable level of power utilization that depends on the ambient noise level, or on the fragmentation state of the media, depending on the data rate that should be output to the channel. More or less power may be referred to based on any type of quality metric of any channel that may be applicable to a wireless device, such as a “data storage channel” in which different streams may consume. In this way, the received signal strength information is used as an additional input to determine how to best adjust the functional processing capability characteristics of the device. If desired, the portable device may also consider network congestion information and adjust the functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device based on received signal strength, battery capacity information and network congestion information. The controller may be operative to determine an amount of power to be used during use of certain characteristics, and the controller may also be in a power depleted state, such that the portable device conserves power for emergency calls, for example in instances using cell phone technology. You may enter emergency call mode before out-of-power condtion. As such, the controller may determine the amount of power to be used to provide the functional processing capability characteristics and operate to reduce the processing capability characteristics to conserve power for an emergency call.

Also, if desired, the portable device may determine the power usage rate of the device based on the current operating conditions of the device, and an application such as a game or any other suitable application may continue to run based on the power usage rate. You can also predict the amount of time. The portable device may determine whether the desired application quality of service level can be maintained for the desired application run-time length, and if so, adjust the power consumption of the device in an attempt to meet the desired application run-time. Or adjust the quality of service level provided by the application. This may include maintaining a minimum battery power energy reserve so that the device may be used for emergency purposes, or shutting down the application to run another higher priority application. For example, the quality of service of an application may include an image resolution level output to the display by the application for gaming or to output video at a particular rate from a suitable video source such as memory or any other suitable aspect. It may be. As such, the application may continue to run, but the processor running the application and / or the circuitry used by the application may be controlled to output information at a different quality level, such as experienced by a user, for example. have.

1 illustrates a portable device 12 that communicates with one or more network elements 14 and other portable devices 16 via appropriate network communication, if desired, in this case a system 10 using a wireless portable device. An example is shown. For purposes of illustration and not limitation, the system will be described as a wireless communication system such as a wireless cellular communication system capable of communicating with a web server, if desired, but may be any other suitable communication network or combination of communication networks as desired. have. Also in this example, portable device 12 is a wireless cell phone, wireless digital audio and / or video player, laptop computing device, email communication device, or any that uses a battery, for example, with any suitable characteristics. Will be described as a wireless portable device, such as, but not limited to, other suitable portable devices. For purposes of illustration only, portable device 12 may include voice communication characteristics, camera characteristics, digital audio storage and playback characteristics, video storage and playback characteristics, email characteristics, and as desired using known cell telephony circuitry. It will be described herein as a cell phone having suitable characteristics such as any other suitable characteristics.

As shown, portable device 12 includes an antenna 18 for wirelessly communicating with a wireless network element 15, such as a display and a base station, a base station site controller, or any other suitable network element. For example, network element 15 may be a server or servers that utilize one or more processors and associated memory and any suitable interface or circuitry to convey the information described herein, as is known in the art. It may be a group. Although network element 15 is shown having antenna 20, network element 15 may be a group of elements in communication with each other, for example, antenna 20 may be part of a base station, and network element ( It will be appreciated that another part of 15) may be a server or circuit that is in operative communication with the base station, where the base station may communicate information wirelessly as described herein. As is known in the art, portable device 12 communicates with network 22 via a wireless communication link 24. Network 22 may include one or more wireless networks, including a wireless wide area network, a wireless local area network, the Internet, an intranet, or any other suitable network or networks. For purposes of illustration only, portable device 16 communicates directly or via link 28 with portable device 12 via a short range wireless communication link, such as, for example, Bluetooth or any other suitable link. It may also be referred to as a portable device 12 of the same type that may use the wireless wide area network link 30 to communicate with the network 22 or any other suitable device or devices. However, any suitable communication technique may be used.

The portable device 12, ie the wireless portable device in this example, includes a controller 32 configured to adjust the functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device 12 based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information. As such, it functions as a signal strength and battery capacity based dynamic characteristic controller. Functional processing capability characteristics may include device characteristics in which processing of the data occurs and the processing of that data may be coordinated. For example, the functional processing capability characteristic may be user perceptible based on the execution of a software application (eg, any executable code such as, but not limited to, an applet or any form of executable code). perceptible), where the control of the circuit affects the processing of the data. Thus, the functional processing capability characteristics may be, for example, email characteristics, game play characteristics, video reproduction characteristics, audio reproduction characteristics, audio recording characteristics, voice communication characteristics, quality of service provided to a user by a particular application, or any other suitable. It may be a functional processing capability characteristic. With regard to quality of service, an application may be controlled to provide, for example, a higher quality characteristic for a user or a lower quality characteristic for a user. For example, in the context of a 3D game, perhaps rendering in a higher resolution mode or fewer primitives, for example to represent an object depending on user priority settings and battery capacity and / or received signal strength indication information. Is controlled as described herein. Another example may be for video playback characteristics, reducing the quality or frame rate of the resolution output for the display. In one example, the controller 32 adjusts the functional processing capability characteristics of the device by controlling at the application level the operation of an application running on the device based on the determined signal strength and the battery capacity level of the device. For example, an application may be a software module or modules executing on one or more processors, such as, but not limited to, CPU cores, DSP cores, graphics processing cores, or other processors. For example, controller 32 may be implemented as a processor that executes one or more suitable software modules to cause a processor or processors to perform the operations described herein. Alternatively, the controller 32 may be implemented as discrete logic in the form of an application specific integrated circuit, or state machine or any other suitable structure, or any hardware, software, and firmware as known in the art. It may be implemented by a suitable combination.

2 shows a block diagram of an example of a portable device 12, such as a wireless handset device, such as a cell telephone or any other suitable device as described above. As shown, device 12 may include a communication structure 200 that may include a plurality of buses or other wires as desired to allow various blocks to communicate with each other. In this example, portable device 12 includes input / output interface 204, one or more displays, one or more frame buffers 208, such as one or more speakers 202, a keypad, a graphical user interface, or any other suitable interface. ), Memory 210, camera 212, battery 214, multimedia processor 216, baseband processor 218, wireless transceiver 220, and controller 32.

For example, multimedia processor 216 may be a multimedia core separate from, or integrated with, baseband processor 218 or controller 32 as desired. It will be appreciated that the functional blocks shown in FIG. 2 may be included as any suitable structure, such as one or more integrated circuits or other structures as known in the art. For example, the multimedia processor 216 may be a graphics processing core in combination with audio and video processing circuitry to allow the generation of graphics and / or video for display on one or more displays 14 and 206. Frame buffer 208 is used to store intermediate and final data for display as is known in the art. As shown, the controller 32 may be included in a multimedia processor or baseband processor, if desired, or may be a standalone integrated circuit. As is known in the art, the baseband processor 218 properly processes the signals or received signals to be transmitted via the wireless transceiver 220, for example, any necessary wireless telephone processing circuitry for processing voice. Or circuitry for processing data information received or transmitted via the wireless transceiver 220. The battery 214 is operatively coupled to the various elements for supplying power when the device is operated in battery mode. As used herein, a battery can include any suitable structure with limited power capacity. For example, battery 214 may be a charged capacitor, a fuel cell, a lithium-based power source, or any suitable portable limited power source, and a plurality of separate power sources electrically coupled together. It may comprise one or more limited capacitive power sources such as, or may take any suitable form as is known in the art.

Frame buffer 208 may be used in memory 210 or other memory and may take any suitable form, for example, included within multimedia processor 216 or as part of any other module as desired. It may be. Frame buffer 208 and memory 210 may take any suitable form, including but not limited to ROM, RAM, optical storage structure, or any suitable digital storage medium. Memory 210 or any other suitable memory may include executable instructions that, when executed, cause the controller or any processing device to operate as shown herein. It will be appreciated that the blocks shown in the figures are intended to represent functional blocks and may be appropriately included and combined as desired. As such, the memory may include suitable registers, the processors may include registers, or any suitable structure may be used as known in the art. As is known in the art, the camera 212 may be connected to a camcorder or multimedia processor 216 for processing and displaying on one or more displays 14 and 206 as known in the art. It may be any suitable image providing circuit including any other suitable structure for providing an image. It will be appreciated that the functional blocks shown in FIG. 2 are merely exemplary and that any suitable functions may be used in a portable device known in the art. In addition, the controller need not use RSSI information, but instead or in combination, may include user priority settings to control the functional processing capability characteristics of the device. In addition, RSSI information may be used in addition to the user priority information and battery capacity information as described above.

FIG. 3 shows an example of a method of dynamically controlling the functional processing capability characteristic of a portable device that may be implemented using one or more of the blocks shown in FIG. 2. In addition, any other suitable element including network element 15 remote from device 12 may perform operations. It will also be appreciated that the order of the operations of the methods described herein may be changed as appropriate by one of ordinary skill in the art depending on the desired result. As shown, if the wireless portable device is powered on and in an “on” state, the method begins at block 302. At block 304, the method includes determining a received signal strength for the portable device. For example, this may be done by a receive signal strength determiner as known in the art, which may be part of any other suitable logic or wireless transceiver 220 that determines the received signal strength by the portable device, and the receive signal. May be present in the form of a received signal strength indication (RSSI) that may be determined by processing the signals, or by receiving a value indicative of signal strength from an external device, such as another mobile device, or if desired a network. Based on the received signal strength information and the battery capacity information, as shown in block 306, the method includes adjusting a functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device. Battery capacity information may be obtained, for example, by the controller 32, may be obtained from any other suitable battery capacity detection or determination circuit, or may be stored in a register or any other memory location. For example, the battery capacity information may be information indicating how much remaining power is available from the battery at a given point in time. The battery capacity information may also include information indicative of capacity in terms of the amount of energy available from the battery (eg, a joule of energy). This may be expressed in any suitable manner, such as power per hour, such as the number of microwatts available per unit time given the current or expected operating load of the device, or simply, any current or expected on the device. It may be a number of ampere-hours or other appropriate representation independent of the load. In general, since the effective energy from the battery is not a linear function of time or load, such data can be looked up through a table or queried from the battery itself (in the case of a "smart" battery).

Adjusting the functional processing capability characteristics of the device may be performed, for example, by the controller 32 or any other suitable element, for example, based on any software application based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information. May include selecting whether to operate on this device. For example, a phone or voice application may be given priority over an email application, such that the email application may be shut down or from specific designated senders as set, for example, via a graphical user interface. May be limited to receiving only emails. This may require some communication with the server to ensure that the server has retained any e-mail from the senders other than the e-mail regarding the current list of acceptable senders. For example, priority-based functional processing capability characteristic control operates to shut down lower priority applications, if desired, to allow sufficient battery capacity to run a major or higher priority application.

Alternatively, the functional processing capability characteristics of the device may be adjusted at an application level so that a given application is controlled to provide a user with a different quality of service based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information. Examples of such operations are also provided below.

4 is a block diagram illustrating a controller 32 as an application level power management system 400. The system may reside within portable device 12, and in this example includes a memory including battery performance data 402. The battery performance data 402 is generated by a particular application using specific operating parameters (eg, per processor time unit) (eg, processor clock and voltage settings, RSSI, other applications running) for the relevant unit. It may also be historical data of capacity consumed. In this example, the battery performance data will be an array of data with multiple entries that can be pre-resident and then updated over time with actual usage information. The manufacturer can also provide this information (eg, performance versus loading and performance versus battery life). The system then tracks the loading level and battery life. Battery performance may deteriorate over time, and a battery management system (eg, within a laptop computer) tracks how often the battery is discharged and charged, and maintains updated amp * hours (or capacity) ratings. The table 402 allows the device to display different power consumption levels (ie different current or power draw levels) over different temperatures, and different wear levels of the battery (limited lifetime, eg Note that, after many charge / discharge cycles, many batteries with two years are consumable, it is possible to include data that predicts the battery energy capacity for a maximum storage charge). In general, these battery tables (eg, manufacturer tables) can be pre-calculated. The application power sensor 426 can be used to measure application power, or it can be inferred by the derivative (rate of change over time) of the battery energy level 406, so that the application power level is stored in a table. Need not be. It may also hold data indicating how much power different applications / services consume in various configurations of these applications / services.

The device includes a battery energy level monitor 404, a memory including received signal strength information 406, an auxiliary sensor 408, such as a temperature sensor that provides temperature information 409 to the controller 32, and network congestion. It may include a memory that includes information 410. On a per application whether the controller should control characteristics to allow for example the maximum application runtime desired by the user or the maximum quality of service provided by the application or any suitable level in between. A graphical user interface 412 is shown that allows selection on a basis of basis. The graphics 414 provided on the display provide selectable application runtime information 416 within the scope of the controller providing the maximum quality of service level or maximum application run length time by the application. Desired application quality of service information is selected by the user and shown as information 418 and provided to the controller. Alternatively, the user specific runtime length for each application may be provided as shown as data 420 as selected via a suitable graphical user interface or other suitable interface. In this example, the controller 32 is application software such as, for example, a game, an email application, a voice application, a digital audio playback application, a camera application, or any other suitable code used with a user selectable feature. An appropriately programmed processor or set of processors that includes an application processing portion 422 to execute 424. In addition, the controller may, for example, add to the total power calculator and application runtime predictor module 428 and the quality of service selector 430, both of which may be implemented as software modules executed by the controller 32. An application power sensor module 426, which may be software executed by the.

The battery performance data 402 may be, for example, data previously stored in memory for a given battery provided in the portable device. Battery performance data 402 may be provided, for example, by a battery manufacturer or from any other suitable source and represents the amount of power that a battery can provide at a given voltage level for a particular battery type. The battery energy level monitor 404 monitors the current voltage level and provides the current battery level 406, after which the current battery level 406 corresponds to, for example, the battery can provide. By using battery level 406 to look up the power to be used, it may be used by total power calculator and application runtime predictor 428 to determine how much battery capacity the battery can currently provide. However, it will be appreciated that any other suitable technique may be used to determine battery capacity information. As will be discussed further below, the received signal strength information 406 may be used to determine how to control various application or functional processing capability characteristics. The application power sensor 426 may be, for example, a current sensing circuit or a voltage sensing circuit in which the application processor 422 determines how much power is consumed when executing the application software 424. In addition, application power usage information 440 is provided to the total power calculator and application runtime predictor 428. The total power calculator and application runtime predictor 428 may determine, for example, the amount of time that the current application 424 can run at its current level based on current amount 440 of power usage and battery capacity information. Determine. The total power calculator and the application runtime predictor then predict, for example, the runtime length of the application (functional processing capability characteristic provided by the application) and meet the runtime purpose information 418 set by the user. Select the appropriate quality of service. The quality of service selection then determines whether the application processor 422 needs to dynamically control processing by the application processor of the application software 424, for example, by providing setting information 442 for the application processor. Decide The received signal strength indicator 406 functions as a wireless signal strength determiner that determines the received signal strength of the portable device. Auxiliary sensor information 409 may be used to better predict remaining battery capacity. For example, if the temperature of the device or controller is high, more leakage and more power consumption may occur.

Total power calculator and application runtime predictor 428 function as a battery capacity determiner and generate battery capacity information for use in determining an estimated runtime that may be provided by the current battery capacity. In one embodiment, the controller 32 adjusts the functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device by selecting which application will operate on the device based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information. For example, if low signal strength is detected, the controller 32 may increase power consumption by increasing the transmit power of the wireless transceiver 220 and also reduce the power consumed by one or more applications. To do this, the applications may be shut down or the operation of the application may be controlled at the application level. The total power calculator and application runtime predictor estimate how much power will be used under a given operating condition.

In an example where graphical user interface 412 provides a bar graph or other suitable graphical user interface to, for example, allow a user to set a talk time threshold, for example, the user can, for example, You can also set a minimum talk time threshold of 15 minutes for the call mode. When the remaining battery capacity threshold is reached in order to preserve the desired talk time specified by the set talk time threshold, the controller 32 is user settable talk time, for example, by shutting down all currently running applications. Set the functional processing capability characteristic based on the threshold. The controller 32 keeps the circuitry and other applications associated with voice communication “on” to facilitate voice operation, but may shut down or lower power consumption by all other applications. This may allow the user to set a minimum emergency call time period by inhibiting other running applications (operating in his camera mode, causing music to play, etc.) if the reservation threshold time is met. If the reserved power level is reserved for an emergency call, the controller 32 determines an estimate of the amount of power (eg, battery capacity) to be used to provide the functional processing capability characteristics selected by the user, and for the emergency call. Reduce other processing capability characteristics to conserve power. For example, the emergency call may be a call that is a 911 call. The device is controlled to reserve an emergency call power level and, when kept running, reduces battery power to the point at which an emergency call cannot be made (eg from a designated sender such as a spouse or children) and no critical call is received. Shut down other applications.

5 allows a user to schedule an emergency call cycle, for example by setting an emergency call power threshold, and attempts to maximize the runtime of the application until the emergency call threshold is met. An example of a method according to one embodiment of the present invention that allows the device to be controlled to dynamically control functional processing capability characteristics.

9, the application energy consumption vs. time curve diagram is performed by the controller 32 at the setting thresholds 902 and 904 such as the application runtime information 416 (see FIG. 4). An example) illustrates dynamic functional processing capability characterization. Reserved battery energy level 906 may be used, for example, for voice calls. Available energy above this level may be used to play the game and use the camera or other features. However, once battery energy level 908 is met, controller 32 does not allow certain applications or characteristics (eg, game application) to be executed. Instead, in the operational mode, the controller 32 may allow only the voice mode to be activated. Within the battery level range 906, there is additional prioritization of the application. For example, emergency call level 910 is the highest priority level in that once at least the device reaches this battery capacity level to be used for emergency calls for safety reasons, other applications are not allowed to run. It may be. The lower priority level may be set within battery level range 906 for other applications. For example, the email communication application may have a lower priority than the emergency call level 910, and the music playback application may have a lower priority than the email communication application but more than the example game application priority level described above. It may have a high priority. In this example embodiment, once the battery energy level 908 is met or reaches that energy level, the example game application will shut down by stopping further game application play. If the battery energy level 908 transitions to the emergency call level 910 (as a result of battery power consumption), the music playback application will be the next application to shut down, after which the email communication application shuts down. Will be down. Thereby, only voice communication may be performed upon reaching battery level 910. It will be appreciated that the device may be configured such that any suitable application or characteristic may function as the highest priority characteristic. For example, one other mode may "shut off everything except my game". For example, if the user is on an airplane (or just does not want any call) and wants to play a game or listen to music, the user interface allows the user to shut off the radio frequency portion of the phone and optimize battery life. Allows you to select a mode to prioritize specific applications over the phone-calling portion. Or, if the map is downloaded to the phone and the map is a high priority map (only available maps are desired on the phone), the user may want the available map as the highest priority, so the user turns on the radio frequency transmission portion. You may not want to and do not want to consume power.

Referring again to FIG. 5, the method 500 includes determining received signal strength and remaining battery power capacity (as shown in block 304). As shown in block 502, the method includes determining a quality of service level of the available device based on the RSSI and the determined remaining battery capacity. This is illustrated in more detail by blocks 504 and 506. As shown, this may include receiving a user configurable input quality of service level, for example, via graphical user interface 412. The user may set the quality of service level on a per application basis or on any appropriate basis. This includes selecting a given application to maximize quality of service for, or instead of, the maximum available runtime, regardless of the amount of power that may be consumed. As such, graphical user interface 412 may be used to receive user input and look up tables (or other suitable storage) for the quality of service level and corresponding power control data for different quality of service levels on a per-application basis or other appropriate basis. Mechanism). The corresponding power control data may include an operating clock rate and supply voltage level for a given processing core or application specific integrated circuit used by the application, such as, for example, one or more graphics processing cores if the application is a game. . Any other suitable power control information may be used to reduce or increase power consumption for a given application. Although this example has been described with reference to controlling power on a per application basis, it will be appreciated that power is controlled based on any functional processing capability characteristic.

As shown in block 508, a predetermined runtime in which the determined quality of service or functional processing capability characteristic is above the emergency call threshold, meaning that there is sufficient power to run both applications in the quality of service setting as specified by the user. Using power for the length, the method proceeds to block 510 to control the device to adjust the current quality of service setting to the new setting level based on the expected future power usage level at the new setting. As such, if it is predicted that the desired quality of service level set by the user can be maintained, for example, by only increasing power utilization, the power setting is changed to meet the quality of service setting. However, as shown in block 512, if the selected quality of service characteristic and the amount of power to meet that quality of service level are not available in comparison to the emergency call threshold, the device will enter an emergency call mode and need to be done. It will effectively shut down all applications to reserve the remaining power for voice communications (e.g., emergency calls) that must be present. As such, the controller can shut down the functional processing capability characteristics of the wireless device to reduce power consumption to conserve power for emergency calls. The processor providing the controller 32 or GUI may, for example, provide circuitry within the device as required to meet certain quality of service settings when it receives a user configurable input quality of service via a graphical user interface. Store the configuration information as functional processing capability characteristic setting data, including clock settings and / or related voltage level settings for.

Also, in one example, to achieve functional processing capability characteristics, when the device is in an emergency call mode, the controller may shut down one of the multiple displays to reduce the display capability of the wireless device or conserve power. In order to use the smaller display portion of a single display during emergency call mode. As such, the functional processing capability of the device is changed because its capability only needs to process data that is output to a single display for display in a smaller portion of the screen or instead of multiple displays. Block 514 is functional processing capability using a lookup table that includes settings for the device, such as register settings that define clock frequency and power supply voltage level settings for various circuits in the device stored in the lookup table. An example of controlling the device to adjust the characteristic is shown in more detail. For example, to adjust the power consumption level of a particular processing core or portion within a processing core, these values are written to control the registers for the various circuits. As mentioned above, this control is based on both the remaining battery capacity and the received signal strength indication. It will be appreciated that the behavior can be changed to allow the user to de-select the emergency power mode so that the game can be played or other characteristics can be used if desired.

6 is a block diagram illustrating an example of functional processing capability characteristic setting data. On a dynamic basis, such as many times per second or any other suitable period, the controller 32 samples the RSSI information 406 and also determines the battery capacity level. As shown in FIG. 6 for the setting 600 indicated by the network congestion information 410 that the received signal strength indication is high, the battery capacity is determined to be high, and there is a low network congestion, a new service for Application 1 The quality setting or functional processing capability characteristic level is set to the highest quality of service level for the application. Another table with specific clock frequency settings, supply voltage settings, or other control settings may be used. If conditions change, it is shown by setting 602 that the received signal strength is still high, but the battery capacity is reduced to a lower level. If it is determined that App 2 is different from that shown as App 2, then the game to be played may operate in a lower quality manner by the controller 32 which causes the frame rate to change from 30 frames per second to output to 15 frames per second to output. An application may be set to a lower quality service level or, because of low battery capacity, graphics resolution to make graphics images less clear, which may take less processing power to produce and therefore take less current draw to conserve power. You can also change the level. As such, as shown in this particular example, received signal strength, battery capacity, and network congestion information are used to determine the functional processing capability characteristic level for a particular application. In another example, if network congestion is high and the signal strength level is low, the device consumes power for an application that controls voice communication to output a higher transmission signal level in an attempt to provide the required level of communication with the network. It may be necessary to increase. This may be done at the expense of another application, which may be shut off to cause the voice application to take priority. Alternatively, the device may indicate that this may take less power to transmit a signal in a lower network congestion situation, and thus in response to network congestion information indicating that a reduction in network congestion occurs. You can also enter mode. In addition, other functional processing capability characteristics of the device may be controlled based on network congestion, received signal strength, and battery capacity.

7 is a flow chart illustrating another example of a method for dynamically controlling functional processing capability characteristics of a portable device according to one embodiment of the invention. As shown at block 700, the method includes controlling the sample rate of the RSSI / signal energy check to occur periodically as desired, such as every few seconds or other suitable period. As shown in block 702, the method includes sampling RSSI energy and the current power usage level of the device. As shown in block 704, the method includes determining whether the reserved energy level (see FIG. 9) has been exceeded. This may be done, for example, by determining the current battery capacity and determining from the power usage level of the device whether the battery capacity level will fall below the reserve energy level. If not, as shown in block 706, the method includes notifying the user or exiting the application. However, as shown in block 704, if the reservation time is not exceeded, the method predicts how long a particular application can run at the current power usage level based on the current quality of service settings in which the application is operating. Step 708. As shown in block 710, the method includes sampling a current power to be consumed by current application settings and also setting a quality of service target for the application. As such, block 710 refers to looking up the QoS target for the “active set” (or active set) of the running application against the comparison in block 712. The drive-length is a QoS target, i.e., if it is not satisfied as shown in block 712, then adjustments are made as shown in blocks 714 and 716 to accommodate this and attempt to extend run-time. For example, as shown at block 712, the method includes determining whether the quality of service that was set meets the optimal quality of service as desired by the user. This is done using another table, including FIG. 6 and the desired clock frequency settings and / or power supply voltage settings as described above. Sampled inputs 418 and 420 are used to guide the adjustment as shown in block 710.

If the quality of service setting already exists at the optimal setting, the method starts again. However, if the quality of service level does not meet the optimal quality of service level, as shown in block 714, the method looks up and adjusts the quality of service factors in the look-up table for the currently running application. Selecting modified power profiles for each of the applications based on the information in the up table. As an example, the look-up table sets not only the information shown in FIG. 6, but also the circuit or functional blocks of the device to change the power consumption level of various applications so that the quality of service is met for higher priority applications. It may also include additional information about how to do this. For example, if the priority application is a game to be run and another application, such as a camera application, is active, then the camera can take a lower quality resolution image to be taken by the camera to provide sufficient power to run the game at a higher quality resolution level. The application can be controlled. As shown at block 716, the method may, for example, control the clock frequency of the circuit or the supply voltage of the circuit, as known in the art, to enable new quality of service to be provided by the application. Applying a modified power profile, which may include setting appropriate register settings.

8 illustrates another method of dynamically controlling the operation of the device to provide power savings. Unlike the process described above, the received signal strength indication is not necessary. This method may also be performed by the controller 32 or any other suitable structure. As shown at block 800, the method includes determining a remaining power capacity of the battery. As shown at block 802, the method may be based on a user or prioritized functional process capability characteristic, for example by determining a current power used by elements of the device, and the remaining power of the battery. In response to the capacity and the power consumption rate of the portable device, determining the power consumption level of the device, dynamically controlling the device as shown in block 804. The operation of the device is based on the user characteristic priority setting to provide power to drive the higher priority characteristic at the expense of the lower priority functional processing capability characteristic in accordance with the user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic. do. The method may also include, for example, obtaining data indicative of user prioritized functional processing capability characteristics from a storage location in the device, although the data may be wirelessly transmitted by the device from a network or other wireless device. Can be received. In this example, the graphical user interface or any other suitable interface allows the user to classify the application available on the portable device as, for example, higher or lower priority as shown in FIG. 10. . In this example, as the battery level drops, the device runs higher priority applications without terminating or allowing execution of lower priority applications. The user may also configure how much battery power is reserved for critical applications such as an emergency 911 call or other appropriate operation. In addition, the graphical user interface 412 can provide data that allows the user to specify the action to be taken once the battery power level drops to a threshold level. For example, the user may choose to disable the use of non-critical applications, or instead allow the device to alert the user that the threshold level has been reached.

By way of example, a user may, for example, set a priority level for a given device function such that user setting 1000 may be input via a graphical user interface. In addition, the graphical user interface may, for example, allow a user to set a priority level 1002 of various device functions (also referred to as an application). In this example, the voice or telephony function is set to the highest priority and the user setting is 10 as indicated by the quality of service setting 1004 so that the device attempts to allow at least 10 minutes of talk time as priority. Exists for minutes. As the power capacity of the device battery decreases, lower priority functions are shut down or the quality of service of characteristics is reduced in an attempt to conserve battery power. In this example, the digital audio player playback time may be set for 10 minutes (and / or the volume level may be set), for example video playback circuitry such as an MPEG decoder or video resolution from a camera may be set. For example, an e-mail application may be set to allow only one megabyte of e-mail to be received or only a header to be received. For device functions such as games, frames per second of output resolution on the display are set to a specific setting. May be Since such prioritized characteristic 1004 may include data indicative of talk time thresholds, such as ten minutes, if the remaining power capacity of the battery is reduced, the controller 32 may be in accordance with the talk time threshold. It dynamically controls the functional process capability characteristics of the device to provide power for the voice communication characteristics at the expense of lower priority characteristics, such as game play characteristics. In response to the remaining power capacity of the battery, the power consumption rate of the portable device, and the user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic, the controller 32 is configured to match the lower priority functional processing capability characteristic in accordance with the user prioritized information. Dynamically control functional processing capability characteristics to provide power for higher priority characteristics at sacrifice.

11 is a selectable priority shown as “critical” or “noncritical” for various applications (eg, functional processing capability characteristics) of the device shown as reference 1102. An example of a graphical user interface 1100 that provides ranking information is shown. As such, the user interface 1100 provides the functional processing capability characteristic priority data 1104, which is selectable when selected, and prior to previously selected characteristic storage for storage as data indicative of user prioritized functional processing capability characteristics. Provide a rank to memory.

12 illustrates another graphical user interface 1200 for a high priority application type that indicates that a user can set a reserved battery power level as a percentage of total battery power as shown by graphic 1202. Another example of the part is shown. Graphical user interface 1200 also allows the user to select whether to provide a warning message denying the use of a non-critical application or a message requesting permission to run a non-critical application. 1204).

FIG. 13 shows another example of a graphical user interface 1300 that provides characteristic priority data in a more prioritized manner, for example, allowing five priority settings per application. 14 illustrates a graphical user interface 1400 for providing a selectivity of a reserved battery power level for a given application priority setting.

If desired, the method may also include dynamically controlling the operation of the device based on priority information, battery capacity, and received signal strength information. For example, if the received signal strength information indicates that the signal strength is decreasing, the controller 32 shuts down the lower priority application to allow additional power to be used for higher transmit power during high priority voice operation. You can also turn it off. Those skilled in the art will recognize other control techniques.

As shown in FIGS. 13 and 14, a user can reserve battery power based on priority. Using a graphical user interface, such as a control panel, the user conserves battery power based on application priority. For example, a Priority 1 application can conserve 20% battery power. When battery power is consumed at this level, only priority 1 applications are used. The priority 2 application may be configured to require 40% battery power, and if there is more power than 40% battery power, the priority 2 or higher application is allowed to run.

FIG. 15 illustrates another method of providing power control in a portable device that also takes into account the network congestion level as described above with reference to FIG. 6. As shown at block 1500, the method may include continuing to receive the remaining battery power capacity along with the signal strength information and the network congestion level information. As shown in block 1502, the method includes entering a lower power mode of the device based on the detected reduced limit level. For example, if the network limit level falls after the final evaluation, the device under the control of the controller enters a low power mode because less transmit power is required, and the device may enter a power saving mode as desired.

16 shows that if the network congestion level exceeds the desired threshold, as indicated by block 1600, the network congestion level is increased, the controller causes an increase in the signal transmission power of the device and transmit power. Another method is shown that includes reduced power consumption resulting from a reduction in other characteristic capabilities to partially offset the increase in. Alternatively, the controller repeatedly transmits packets at the current power level based on an indication that the remaining battery capacity is at an appropriate level and the network congestion level is increasing, for example. Alternatively, if high network congestion is present, the network attempts to transmit data from the device during high network congestion because of high congestion conditions and information other than the received signal strength indication and battery capacity, because of the low likelihood of successful transmission. May be signaled to the portable device to indicate that it is used to trigger a lower power mode for that device.

As mentioned above, among other advantages, a user may prioritize applications or operations of other characteristics of the portable device and, based on the user's need for a certain amount of talk time or runtime of a particular amount of application, Is calculated alone or in combination with signal strength. Based on this assessment, the device may turn off those characteristics or applications as required to meet talk time or runtime settings, or may appropriately reduce the quality of service of the application to meet runtime requirements. In addition, reserve power may be maintained if desired, and during the reserve time, only the basic operation of the device may be used to conserve power for emergency calls or other operations. Those skilled in the art will recognize other advantages.

The foregoing detailed description of the invention and the examples described herein have been presented for purposes of illustration and description, not limitation. Accordingly, it is contemplated that the invention covers any and all variations, modifications or equivalents that exist within the basic principles set forth above and claimed herein.

Claims (40)

  1. battery; And
    And operatively coupled to the battery, based on (i) the remaining power capacity of the battery and (ii) the power consumption rate of the portable device, and prioritized functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device, Dynamically controlling the functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device to provide power for the higher priority characteristic at the expense of the lower priority functional processing capability characteristic in accordance with the prioritized functional processing capability characteristics. A portable device comprising a controller.
  2. The method of claim 1,
    Data indicative of user prioritized characteristics includes data indicative of a talk time threshold,
    The controller dynamically adjusts the functional processing capability characteristics of the portable device to provide power for voice communication characteristics at the expense of lower priority characteristics in response to the talk time threshold when the battery's power capacity decreases. A portable device operative to control.
  3. The method of claim 1,
    And a user interface for providing selectable functional processing capability characteristic priority data and operative to provide the selected characteristic priority data to a memory for storage as data indicative of prioritized functional processing capability characteristics.
  4. The method of claim 1,
    The controller may also provide power for higher priority functional processing capability characteristics at the expense of lower priority characteristics in accordance with data indicative of user prioritized characteristics when the battery's power capacity decreases. And to dynamically control operation of the portable device based on received signal strength information.
  5. A wireless signal strength determiner operative to determine a received signal strength of the wireless portable device; And
    A controller operatively coupled to the wireless signal strength determiner, the controller operative to adjust a functional processing capability characteristic of the wireless portable device based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information.
  6. The method of claim 5, wherein
    And the controller adjusts the functional processing capability characteristic of the wireless portable device by controlling at the application level the operation of an application running on the wireless portable device based on the determined received signal strength and the battery capacity information. device.
  7. The method of claim 5, wherein
    battery; And
    A battery capacity determiner operatively coupled to the battery, the battery capacity determiner operative to generate the battery capacity information based on the remaining battery capacity of the battery.
  8. The method of claim 5, wherein
    And the controller adjusts a functional processing capability characteristic of the wireless portable device by selecting which application to operate on the wireless portable device based on the determined received signal strength and the battery capacity information.
  9. The method of claim 5, wherein
    A user interface operative to provide a user settable talk time threshold,
    The controller is configured to set the functional processing capability characteristic based on the user settable talk time threshold to reduce the functional processing capability characteristic to preserve the desired talk time indicated by the user settable talk time threshold. A wireless portable device in operation.
  10. The method of claim 5, wherein
    The controller is operative to determine an amount of power to be used to provide functional processing capability characteristics and to reduce processing capability characteristics to conserve power for an emergency call.
  11. The method of claim 10,
    And the controller is operative to shut down a functional processing capability characteristic of the wireless portable device to reduce power consumption to conserve power for the emergency call.
  12. The method of claim 5, wherein
    And a memory operatively coupled to the controller, the memory storing data indicative of functional processing capability characteristic setting data.
  13. The method of claim 11,
    Wherein the controller reduces the display capability of the wireless portable device when in an emergency call mode.
  14. A wireless signal strength determiner operative to determine a received signal strength of the wireless device; And
    A controller operatively coupled to the wireless signal strength determiner, the controller operative to adjust functional processing capability characteristics of the wireless device based on the determined received signal strength, battery capacity information and network congestion information. , Portable device.
  15. The method of claim 14,
    And a wireless receiver operative to receive the network congestion information from a wireless network communication signal.
  16. The method of claim 14,
    And the controller adjusts a functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device by controlling operation at an application level of an application operating on the portable device based on the determined received signal strength and the battery capacity information.
  17. The method of claim 14,
    battery; And
    A battery capacity determiner operatively coupled to the battery, the battery capacity determiner operative to generate the battery capacity information based on the remaining battery capacity of the battery.
  18. The method of claim 14,
    And the controller is operative to adjust a functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device by selecting which application to operate on the portable device based on the determined received signal strength and the battery capacity information.
  19. The method of claim 14,
    A user interface operative to provide a user settable talk time threshold,
    And the controller is operative to set the functional processing capability characteristic based on the user settable talk time threshold to preserve a desired talk time indicated by the user settable talk time threshold.
  20. The method of claim 14,
    The controller is operable to determine an amount of power to be used to provide functional processing capability characteristics and to enter an emergency call mode prior to an out of power condition to conserve power for an emergency call. .
  21. The method of claim 20,
    And the controller is operative to shut down a functional processing capability characteristic of the wireless device to reduce power consumption to conserve power for the emergency call.
  22. The method of claim 14,
    And a memory operatively coupled to the controller, the memory storing data indicative of functional processing capability characteristic setting data.
  23. The method of claim 21,
    And the controller reduces the display capability of the wireless device when in the emergency call mode.
  24. Obtaining data indicative of user prioritized functional processing capability characteristics; And
    Based on the user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device, in response to the remaining power capacity of the battery of the portable device and the power consumption rate of the portable device, in accordance with the user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic Dynamically controlling the operation of the portable device to provide power for the higher priority functional processing capability characteristic at the expense of a lower priority functional processing capability characteristic.
  25. The method of claim 24,
    The user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic includes data indicative of a talk time threshold,
    The method,
    When the power capacity of the battery decreases, operation of the portable device to provide power for higher priority functional processing capability characteristics at the expense of lower priority functional processing capability characteristics in accordance with the talk time threshold. Dynamically controlling.
  26. The method of claim 24,
    Providing selectable functional processing capability characteristic priority data and storing data in memory indicative of the selected user prioritized functional processing capability characteristic.
  27. The method of claim 24,
    When the power capacity of the battery decreases, the portable device provides power to higher priority functional processing capability characteristics at the expense of lower priority characteristics in accordance with data indicative of user prioritized functional processing capability characteristics. Dynamically controlling the operation of the device is further performed based on received signal strength information.
  28. Determining received signal strength for the portable device; And
    Adjusting a functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device based on the determined received signal strength and battery capacity information.
  29. The method of claim 28,
    Adjusting a functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device by controlling at the application level the operation of an application running on the portable device based on the determined received signal strength and the battery capacity information.
  30. The method of claim 28,
    Adjusting the functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device includes selecting which application to operate on the portable device based on the determined received signal strength and the battery capacity information.
  31. The method of claim 28,
    Set the functional processing capability characteristic based on the user settable talk time threshold in an effort to use a user settable talk time threshold and to preserve a desired talk time indicated by the user settable talk time threshold. Comprising the steps of:
  32. The method of claim 28,
    Determining an amount of power to be used to provide the functional processing capability characteristic, and reducing the processing capability characteristic to conserve power for an emergency call.
  33. The method of claim 28,
    Shutting down the functional processing capability characteristics of the wireless device to reduce power consumption to conserve power for an emergency call.
  34. The method of claim 32,
    Reducing the display capability of the wireless device when in an emergency call mode.
  35. The method of claim 28,
    Adjusting the functional processing capability characteristic of the portable device based on network congestion information.
  36. 36. The method of claim 35 wherein
    Causing the portable device to enter a reduced power mode in response to the network congestion information indicating a decrease in network congestion.
  37. 36. The method of claim 35 wherein
    It is determined whether the network congestion information indicates a network congestion level that is higher than or equal to a desired high level threshold, and when the network congestion information is higher than or equal to a desired high level threshold, the signal transmission power of the portable device is increased, and the signal transmission power is increased. Reducing the power consumption caused by other characteristics to partially offset the additional power consumption caused by the increase in.
  38. 36. The method of claim 35 wherein
    Determining whether the network congestion information indicates a network congestion level above a desired high level threshold, and if the network congestion information is above a desired high level threshold, repeating transmission of packets at a current power level. How to.
  39. The method of claim 28,
    Determining a power utilization rate of the portable device based on a current operating condition of the portable device;
    Estimating the amount of time that an application can continue to run based on the power utilization rate;
    Determining whether a desired application quality of service level can be maintained for a desired application run-time; And
    If possible, adjusting the power consumption of the portable device and the quality of service level provided by the application in an attempt to meet the desired application run-time.
  40. The method of claim 39,
    Adjusting the quality of service level provided by the application and power consumption of the portable device in an attempt to meet the desired application run-time, shuts down the application to maintain a minimum battery power energy reserve. And down.
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